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The latest names to join the Board are Professor Sandra Jowett, a senior manager and strategic leader in both the public and private sector for more than 25 years; Judy Owen, former Finance Director at St Asaph-based Pilkington Special Glass and Siemens in Los Angeles and Llanberis, with a career in finance spanning 42 years, and Paul McGrady, a qualified accountant and Director of Resources at Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd.

Joining the Board in the early autumn will be retired civil servant and magistrate David Subacchi and Avox COO Paul Barlow. They follow Celia Jenkins, former High Sheriff of Clwyd, the Bank of England’s former Agent for Wales, Neil Ashbridge; Denbighshire County Council’s Corporate Director: Economic & Community Ambition, Rebecca Maxwell, and Chair Maxine Penlington OBE, ex-Chief Operating Officer at Birmingham City University and former Executive Secretary at the CUC (Committee of University Chairs).

Deeside-based Comtek CEO Askar Sheibani and Gill Kreft of Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham are among the other fresh faces to have signed-up to take the University forward under the leadership of a new management team helmed by Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar and incoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Dr Claire Taylor.

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diversityfestivalNorth East Wales Diversity Festival is a space in which to celebrate  individual uniqueness and explore the similarities which bind us together. The aim of the festival is to bring together the whole community in a blaze of colour, creativity and harmony.

On Saturday, 30th April the parade will gather at Wepre Park at 9.30am to start at 10am and be led to the festival site by the Welsh Cambria Band.  Also confirmed for the day are festival supporters Capital FM who will be bringing their street team along, more details will be confirmed soon. There are two stages running a number of performers throughout the day.  There will be lots of different types of food from a hogroast, vegetarian choices to Mexican wraps and much more.  We have invited local breweries to come along as our site is fully licensed.  There will be a strong family feel to the festival and absolutely everyone is welcome to come along on the day.  Come and see what’s going on in the Diversity Village with it’s colourful array of craft, vintage and curious stalls.

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Marie Anne Cope Author 2[1]Spine-chilling tales of vampires and werewolves by a local author are amongst the highlights of a day-long feast of storytelling at a Wrexham shopping centre.

Marie Anne Cope from Wrexham, who has been compared to master of horror James Herbert, specialises in nerve-tingling yarns weaved around horror themes.

Following its smash-hit debut event last year, the literary festival Carnival of Words opens for a second chapter on May 7 aiming to enthrall and entertain people with a passion for words at a host of events at venues across the town.

And once again playing a key role in the week-long literary extravaganza is Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre which hosts a superstar cast of national and local authors and storytellers on Sunday May 8.

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missing-peru-800x380A Crowdfunder campaign has been set up to help in the search for Harry Greaves who has gone missing in Peru –

Harry flew to Peru on 20th February. He was travelling there whilst visiting friends in Pisac, near Coscou. He attended a permaculture course before heading into the jungle with a group. He sent two very positive and happy emails home and seemed to be enjoying his time there.

On 7th April, Harry told friends he wished to spend the day by himself on a mountain. They expected to see him on Sunday 10th, but he didn’t appear. He has not been seen since. Harry’s 29th birthday was on 9th April. For more on this story, find the full article at 


Solar power and other environmentally-friendly measures are being used in a massive drive by North Wales Police as aims to be the greenest force in the UK.

The constabulary is the first in Britain to implement an action plan for “sustainable development” and has already achieved a 10 per cent reduction in electricity consumption over a seven year period, saving 793,448 kilowatts hours.

At the same time there’s been an 18 per cent reduction in the amount of fuel used by police cars and other vehicles and nearly 60 per cent of the force’s waste is now diverted away from landfill.

According to North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick CB QC, the green credentials of North Wales Police are a shining example to public bodies throughout Wales.

Mr Roddick, who is standing down in May, paid tribute to the force’s environmental and energy conservation manager, Anna Pretious, and her colleagues.

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